Tuesday, September 21, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Dalits launch 24-hour dharna


MANGALORE, September 21, 2010

Dalits launch 24-hour dharna
Staff Correspondent

The Hindu Dalits protesting in front of the Deputy Commissioner's
office, in Mangalore on Monday. Photo: R. Eswarraj
Dalits on Monday launched a 24-hour dharna in front of the Deputy
Commissioner's office here against what they described as the
"anti-Dalit attitude" of the officials of the Mangalore City
Corporation. It was staged under the banner of the Communist Party of
India (Marxist).

Commissioner of the corporation K.N. Vijayprakash also spoke and
accepted a memorandum from the protesters.

Krishnappa Konchady, member of the district unit of the CPI(M),
alleged that many applications with the civic body were pending action
for several months. He urged the corporation to process all
applications from Dalits for construction or repair of houses within a

Demanding that the grants for the construction of toilets be increased
to Rs. 20,000 from Rs. 10,000, he said that Dalits in Mulky,
Belthangady and Sullia, had been given Rs. 15,000 for the purpose.

The memorandum demanded that the grants for the construction of houses
be raised to Rs. 3 lakh. Their another demand was to double the amount
of scholarships being given to Dalit students and to disburse it at
the beginning of the academic year.

Maruti Manpade, State secretariat member of the CPI(M), spoke.


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